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THE CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATIONAL 
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September 26-28, 1962 



PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin 



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Officers 

Committees 

Minutes of the Annual Meeting 

Reports: 

Executive Secretary 

Finance Committee 

Fraternal ReloMons Committee 

Placement Committee 

Historian 

Constitution Study Committee 

Conference Resolutions 

Publications Committee 

Women's Activities Committee 

Church Extension and Evangelism Committee 

Missionary Committee .... 

Christian Education Cor/imittee 

Auditing Committee .... 

Financial Statement 

Official Rolls 

Constitution and By-Laws .... 

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Conference Officers . . . 

1962-1963 

Conference Officers 

President Lloyd F. Dean, 335 Saratoga Rd., Scotia 2, N. Y. 

1st Vice-Pres - (to be named) 

2nd Vice-Pres Paul Halbert, 208 S. Maple St., Argos, Indiana 

Executive Sec'y Robert B. Dempsey, Carlisle, Mass. 

Recording Sec'y Leslie Van Vorst, RFD 3, JamestoNvn, N. Y. 

Treasurer Alden Barrows, Prattville, Mich. 

Historian Cecil Argetsing'er, Mantorville, Minn. 

Board Members 

1963 Term 196^ Term 1965 Term 

Raymond Bawden Richard Roberts Jacob Waechter 

Lynn Scovil Henri Pol Joseph Fast 

Hubert Clevenger Howard Landes Samuel Hemberger 



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1962-1963 

Committee Members 

(Name in Italic has been appointed Chairman) 



1963 Member 



1964 Member 



Christian Education Committee 

William Bankester Raymond Gillis 

Church Extension and Evangelism Committee 
Lynn Scovil Raymond Maier 

Committee on Ministry 

John Waye Hubert K. Clevenger 

Constitution Study Committee 

John Clymer Robert B. Dempsey 

Credentials and Placement Committee 



Jacob Waechter 



Finance CoTnmittee 
R. H. Lutz 

Missionary Committee 
Lester Felker 

Nominating Committee 
Raymond Bawden 



Paul Halbert 
(Placement) 

Herbert Anderson 
(Chaplaincy) 

Herbert Anderson 

Maurice Jacques 



1965 Member 

Roy Shervy 

Edwin Dahmer 

Howard J. Landes 

Leonard Siff 

Lester Felker 
(Credentials) 



John Stewart 



George French 



Henri Pol Richard O. Roberts 

(The Board appointed Wayne Hamilton and Albert Wetzel to one year 
terms on this Committee.) 

Program, Committee 

Ralph Shirk Alden Barrows Robert Penrod 

(The Conference President and the Host Pastor for the next Annual 
Meeting are also Committee members.) 

Publications Committee 

George Buhl John VanderTuin Robert Baker 

(Circulation) (Publisher) (Editor) 

Women's Activities Committee 
Arlene Dempsey Elaine Kangas Selma Kilgore 

All members on the following Committees have one year terms: 
Auditing Committee 

Samuel Hemberger Robert Wuster R. H. Lutz 

Committee on Fraternal Relations 

Lloyd Dean Robert B. Dempsey Paul Halbert 

Resolutions Committee 

William Randall David Coleman Theoren Smith, Jr. 

Special Committee to study Office of Executive Secretary 

Samuel Hemberger James Henry Hutchins Clarence Schultz 

Cecil Argetsinger R. H. Lutz 

Time and Place Committee 

Clarence Schultz Edmond Parker Loyd Grain 



Minutes of Annual Meeting . . . 

of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference held Sep- 
tember 26-28, 19G2, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Oshkosh, 
Wisconsin. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2G, 1962, Morning Session. 

After a word of welcome from the host pastor, Rev. Lynn Scovil, the 
first business session for the 1962 Annual Meeting of the Conservative 
Congregational Christian Conference was opened with prayer led by the 
President. Dr. Lloyd F. Dean. 

The roll call was taken and it was moved, seconded and carried that 
those voting delegates present constitute the voting body of the 1962 an- 
nual meeting. Visitors were introduced and welcomed. 

The agenda for the five business sessions was reviewed. It was moved 
that the agenda be adopted as amended and it was so voted. 

Report of the Credentials Committee on member churches, licensees, 
ministers and lajonen was read. It was moved and seconded that the work 
of the Credentials Committee be ratified and that new member ministers 
and churches be seated as voting delegates. It was so voted. 

It was moved and carried that the Resolutions Committee be instruc- 
ted to send condolences to those closely related to the Conference who are 
bereaved by the death of loved ones this past year. 

Rev. Lester Felker was appointed as correspondent for all business 
sessions. 

The report of the Board of Directors was read and included the re- 
commendation that a temporary committee on Fraternal Relations be ap- 
pointed by the President to deal with our relationships with other groups. 
It was so voted. 

Rev. Paul Halbert, Conference Treasurer, distributed copies of his re- 
port, and moved the adoption of the report. Motion carried. Halbert was 
commended for his work and a prayer of thanksgiving was led by Dr. 
H. F. M. Pol. 

The Conference Historian, Rev. Cecil Argetsinger, read his report 
Acceptance was moved and voted. 

Rev. Robert Dempsey read his report as Executive Secretary. The 
acceptance of the report with commendation was moved and carried. A 
rising vote of thanks was given and a prayer of gratitude led by Dr. Dean. 
Recommendations included the challenge that the conference realistically 
consider the future needs and goals in respect to representation and fol- 
low-up. 

Rev. Robert Dempsey presented the report of the Constitution Study 
Committee. Proposed changes in by-laws to be acted upon at the 1963 An- 
nual Meeting were presented. (These changes are listed elsewhere in this 
Year Book under the Report of the Constitution Study Committee.) It was 
moved that the report be accepted and it was so voted. 

Proposed changes to be acted upon by this 1962 Annual Meeting were 
then taken up. 

By-law VI, Section 8. The final sentence amended to read: "The 
candidate will be disqualified by any habits or practices in his life 
which do not glorify God in his body which belongs to God, or which might 
cause any brother in Christ to stumble." It was so adopted. 

Article III, strike out all notes and leave the Statement of Faith only. 
It was so voted. 

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Article IV, Statement of Polity (an entirely new article) . 

1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of His Body, the 
Church universal, and of each local church. 

2. We believe that each local church is in itself a complete church, 
and therefore autonomous and possesses all the rights and responsibilities 
of the church by the Holy Spirit as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. 

3. We believe that Jesus Christ exercises His authority in each local 
church by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Scriptures. 

4. We believe that each local church is amenable only to Jesus Christ, 
and not to any association, conference, council, synod or any other ecclesi- 
astical body. 

5. We believe that it is proper and beneficial for each local church 
to seek fellowship and council of other such local churches. 

The article was so adopted. 

The business session was dismissed by the President. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBEPv 26, 1962, Afternoon Session 

The afternoon business session was called to order by the President, 
who called upon Rev. Paul Halbert to lead in prayer. 

The minutes of the morning business session were read and accepted. 
The Recording Secretary then read the recommendation of the Board of 
Directors that the Conference accept the invitation of the American Bible 
Society to place a representative on their advisory council, and that the 
Executive Secretary be our representative. The recommendation was so 
adopted. 

The afternoon roll call indicated the arrival of three more voting dele- 
gates. It was moved, seconded and carried that these names be added to 
the list of voting delegates. 

The report of the Constitution Study Committee was continued with 
respect to Constitutional changes for consideration at this meeting. 

Article IV (presently so numbered) an additional statement to Sec- 
tion 1. "Individual lay membership may be held only by laymen in non- 
member Congregational Christian Churches. In the event that a non-mem- 
ber church joins this Conference, the individual lay membership of any of 
its members ceases." 

The committee moved the adoption of the amendment. It was seconded 
and so voted. 

Section 2 (new) 

A church, minister or individual lay member may withdraw from 
membership in this conference at any time by its or his own action, and 
will be removed from the membership roll when written notice of such ac- 
tion is given to the Chairman of the Credentials Committee. 

The comm.ittee moved the adoption of the amendment and it was so 
voted. 

Section 3 (new) 
In the event that there is reason to suppose that a member church, 
minister or individual lay member has departed from the standards of 
faith and practice set forth in this Constitution and By-laws, the Commit- 
tee on Credentials and Placement shall make a careful investigation of the 
matter. If the supposition is justified, the Committee shall report the mat- 
ter to the Conference for appropriate action. The Committee on Creden- 
tials and Placement shall file their report in writing with the Recording 



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Secretary of this Conference and the party accused at least thirty days 
prior to the annual or special meeting: at which the report is to be consid- 
ered. The right of appeal to the Conference by the party accused is pre- 
supposed. 

It was so adopted. 
Section 4 (new) 

Although there is no organic tie between this Conference and any re- 
gional Association or fellowship, and although this Conference recognizes 
the autonomy of any such regional association or fellowship, this Confer- 
ence will encourage the forming of, promote the gi'owth of and will seek 
to cooperate in every possible manner with any regional association or fel- 
lowship of Congregational Christian Churches or individuals who are in 
agreement with the faith and polity of this Conference. 

An alternate proposal was then presented for consideration, having 
been ruled by the President as eligible to be voted upon at this meeting 
since the matter was previously tabled. The alternate proposal is included 
below : 

Article IV, Section 4, Regional Membership 

Regional fellowships or associations of Congregational Christian 
Churches which are in sympathy with the Statements of Faith and Polity 
of this Conference may hold one of three possible relationships to this Con- 
ference. 

(1) A Region in Affiliation. A regional fellowship or association 
of Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the 
Statements of Faith and Polity of this Conference and with the general 
principles outlined in the Constitution and By-laws, may be granted the 
status of an affiliated region upon application to and approval by the Cre- 
dentials and Placement Committee, which action will be subject to review 
by the ensuing Annual Meeting of the Conference. When a region be- 
comes an affiliate, all member ministers and churches of the region will 
become member ministers and churches of this Conference, and all mem- 
ber ministers and churches of this Conference within the said region will 
become member ministers and churches of the regional group. Churches 
and ministers of this Conference within the said region which are not 
members of the region at the time of application will be asked to approve 
membership in the regional group before they will become members of the 
said regional group. A regional group making application to become an 
affiliate region will submit with their application a list of all members. 
Upon acceptance as an affiliate region, all future applications for mem- 
bership in the regional group or in the Conference from ministers and 
churches from within the region will be subject to approval by the Creden- 
tials Committee of both, and subject to review by the ensuing annual meet- 
ing or special meetings of both. From the time of its acceptance as an af- 
filiate region, all new member churches and ministers will become members 
of both this Conference and the regional group. Such a region will be rep- 
resented in the Conference business meetings by the delegates of their 
member churches. Churches and ministers presently members of the re- 
gion, but not this Conference, will not be made members of this Confer- 
ence without their consent. 

(2) A Region in Sympathy. A regional fellowship or association 
of Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the 
Statements of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which does not 
wish to become an affiliate region of this Conference may pass a resolu- 
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and program of this Conference. Such a region will be considered a sym- 
pathetic region. This means that communication and cooperation will be 
possible between the two, 

(3) A Region in Recognition. A regional fellowship or association 
of Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the 
Statements of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which takes no of- 
ficial action to be identified with this Conference, may be recognized by 
this Conference as a regional group of Conservative Congregational Chris- 
tian Churches. This means that this Conference will not promote a com- 
petitive group within that region and will offer such assistance and advice 
as may be deemed advisable. 

The committee moved the adoption of the alternate proposal. It was 
so adopted. 

Proposed changes and amendments to the By-laws were next pre- 
sented by the Constitution Study Committee. 

By-hdw III, Section I 

I. A Credentials and Placement Committee of five to be elected by the 
Board of Directors on a rotating basis for three year terms ; which com- 
mittee shall have the following duties : 

a. The committee shall review all applications for membership in 
the Conference. They shall either approve or disapprove the application, 
or refer it to the Board of Directors for review. In the event of approval, 
the committee has power to grant membership subject to approval by the 
next Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

b. The committee shall take action with regard to requests for 
transferral or dismissal, such action being subject to approval by the next 
Annual Meeting of the Conference except where dismissal has been re- 
quested by the party in question. 

c. The committee shall have the power to renew ministerial licenses 
granted by the Conference upon application by the licensee, such renewal 
being subject to approval by the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

d. The committee shall have the power to receive prospective min- 
isterial candidates under Conference Care, such action being subject to 
approval by the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. The committee 
shall upon request make recommendations as to theological schools, and 
render such other counsel and assistance as necessary. 

e. The committee shall provide a suitable course of theological 
study for such othervv^ise acceptable aspirants to the ministry seeking or- 
dination and Conference membership to whom a complete residence course 
of study would be impossible or impractical. 

f. The committee shall make recommendation to the Board of Di- 
rectors regarding the endorsement of any ministerial member seeking to 
enter the military chaplaincy. 

g. The committee shall make an annual review of the ministerial 
activities of those with full membership or license to determine the cur- 
rent outreach of the Conference and the propriety of continued ministerial 
status of the members. 

h. The committee shall make a careful investigation, in the event 
that there is reason to suppose that a member church or minister or in- 
dividual laymember has departed from the standards of faith and prac- 
tice set forth in this Constitution and By-laws. If the supposition is justi- 
fied, the committee shall repoi-t the matter to the Conference for appropri- 
ate action. The Credentials and Placement Committee shall file their re- 



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port in v/ritini? with the Recording Secretary of the Conference and with 
the party accused at least thirty days prior to the Annual or special busi- 
ness nieetinp: at which the report is to be considered. The right of appeal 
to the Conference by the party accused is presupposed. 

i. The committee shall render all assistance possible to Conference 
ministers seeking pastorates and to churches seeking pastors, by making 
available proper information at hand to all who request it. 

Motion was made and seconded to adopt the proposed amendment. It 
was agreed following a brief discussion to refer this back to the committee 
to be voted upon at the next session. 

The report of the Time and Place Committee for the 1963 Annual 
Conference. Two invitations were read, one from Calvary Church of 
Lima, Ohio, and one from Conservative Congregational Church, Lincoln, 
Kansas. The report was accepted. 

Motion was made by Hubert Clevenger and seconded that the dele- 
gates have the privilege of casting a vote as to their preference. It was 
voted to accept the invitation to Calvary Church of Lima, Ohio. 

The meeting was then dismissed by the President. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1962, Morning Session 

Dr. Lloyd F. Dean called the meeting to order and Rev. Maurice 
Jacques led the opening prayer. 

The minutes of the previous session were read and accepted. 

A list of five additional voting delegates was read, and it was moved 
that the names of these delegates be added to the list of voting delegates. 
It was so voted. 

The report of the Auditing Committee was read by Rev. Samuel Hem- 
berger. Acceptance of the report was voted. 

The report of the Missionary Committee was next given by Rev. Mau- 
rice Jacques. The report was accepted with appreciation. 

Rev. Gerald Boyce was next given the floor to extend greetings from 
the American Bible Society and to report on the history, work and needs 
of the Society. 

The following nine proposed revisions of the By-laws were then taken 
up: 

By-Law III, Section I — (having been referred to the committee at yes- 
terday's session for re-wording). 

h. This sub-section was re-worded as follows to completely replace 
the original proposed sub-section h. "The committee shall make a careful 
investigation of those cases where discipline may be necessary as ordered 
by Article IV. Section 3 of the Constitution." 

The approval of By-Law III, Section 1, as reworded, was admitted by 
Rev. Theron Smith, Sr. and Mr. Anthony Digrugilliers, the original mov- 
er and seconder of the motion to adopt. It was so voted. 
By-Law III, Section 6 

Delete the last two sentences. 

It was so voted. 
By-Law III, Section 10 (This is new. Present 10 and 11 becoming 12 and 
13) 

A Women'H Activities Committee of three to be elected by the Con- 
ference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall 
seek to promote the growth and spiritual welfare of the women's fellow- 

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ships of member^ and other churches through regular correspondence, the 
exchange of ideas, programs and projects, and the stimulation of interest 
on the part of women's fellowships in the ministry of this Conference. 

It was so adopted. 
By-Law III, Section 11 (new section) 

A Ministry Committee of three to be elected by the Conference on a 
rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall make available 
to the ministers of the Conference information regarding retirement and 
pension plans, and hospitalization. They shall plan for ministerial re- 
treats and workshops. They shall contact the ministers of the Conference 
with a view to their personal growth. 

It was so adopted. 
By-Law III, Section 14 (new) 

Each committee shall prepare a written report of progress to be pre- 
sented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference, and at such other times 
as the Board of Directors shall request it. 

It was so adopted. 
By-Lavj VI, Section 5 

In introductory paragraph, last clause to read : 

"in the absence of a local association of Conservative Congregational 
Christian Churches:" 

It was so adopted. 
By-Law VI, Section 5 

Introductory paragraph. Clause about marriages to read: 

"including the solemnization of marriages where legally permissible." 

It was so adopted. 
By-Law VI, Section 6 

To be amended so last sentence reads : 

"A voluntary fee of $5.00 shall be suggested at each issuance, which 
will include the cost of the Conference periodical and Year Book." 

It was so adopted. 
By-Law VI, Se ction 7 

Last sentence to read: 

"Under such care the enrollee may pursue the Conference Study 
Course. He shall have available to him recommendations as to theological 
schools, together with such other counsel and assistance as may properly 
be rendered." 

It was so adopted. 

The Constitution Study Committee moved that the Publications Com- 
mittee change the heading on page 28 of the 1961 Year Book from "Minis- 
terial Students of the Conference" to "Ministerial Candidates Under Con- 
ference Care". It was so voted. 

The report of the Credentials Committee was given by Rev. Paul Hal- 
bert who moved the acceptance of the report. It was so accepted. 

The Board of Directors recommended that the dates of September 
25-27 be set for the 1963 Annual Conference Business Meeting to be held 
at Calvary Church, Lima, Ohio. It was so voted. 

Rev. Howard Landes presented the report of a special committee of 
the Board of Directors and included the recommendation of the Board of 
Directors that the Conference proceed to the employment of a full time 

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Executive Secretary at the 1963 Conference Meeting; that funds neces- 
sary (approx. $10,000) be raised by pledge and gift from interested 
churches and individuals. This action, if approved, is to be understood to 
be an authorization for investigation to this end during 1962 and 1963. 

Rev. Howard Landes moved the adoption of this recommendation. It 
was so adopted. 

Rev Howard Landes presented the recommendation of the Board of 
Directors to the Conference that a committee be appointed by the Board 
to communicate to our constituency our purpose to employ a full time sal- 
aried Executive Secretary; to work out all necessary details in regard to 
salary and other allowances; to seek pledges (to begin in October 1963) 
during the current year; and to make all other arrangements necessary 
for a presentation of this full proposal at the 1963 Annual Conference 
Meeting. Rev. Howard Landes moved the adoption of the recommendation. 

It was so adopted. 

The report of the Finance Committee was read by Mr. John Stewart 
who also moved the acceptance of the report. It was so accepted. Discus- 
sion of the report in connection with the establishment of a revolving loan 
resulted in the recommendation that the committee take note of the points 
of discussion and consider these in further investigation and reports. 

The report of the Publications Committee was next given by Rev. 
John VanderTuin. The report was accepted. 

Rev. John VanderTuin gave a report of the work and financial needs 
of Grace Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts of which he is 
the Pastor. 

The President dismissed the meeting at 12.30 P.M. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1962, Afternoon Session 

The afternoon business session was called to order by the President. 
Rev. Richard Roberts led in prayer. 

The minutes of the morning session were read and accepted. 

The report of the Christian Education Committee was read by the Re- 
cording Secretary for the committee. The acceptance of the report was 
moved with the correction that one man is presently taking the conference 
study course. It was so accepted. 

The report of the Committee on Fraternal Relations was next pre- 
sented by Rev. Robert Dempsey. The committee recommended: That the 
CCCC authorize the Committee on Fraternal Relations to make overtures 
to and enter into discussions with the Fellowship of Independent Evan- 
gelical Churches and the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches 
of Brazil in the interests of fellowship and cooperation. It was further 
recommended that the CCCC send a representative to attend the General 
Convention of the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Bra- 
zil which meets in July 1963 at its triennial convention. The recommen- 
dations were so adopted. 

Rev. Arthur Rarros, President of the Union of Evangelical Congre- 
gational Churches of Riazil, extended greetings to the Conservative Con- 
gregational Christian Conference. 

A discussion followed regarding the sending of a representative to 
Brazil. The particular problem of finances involved was reserved until the 
budget is proposed and discussed. 

A discussion followed in an attempt to seek opinions from the floor in 
respect to the name Conservative Congregational Christian Conference 
and the possible advisability of a name change, 

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The President next called for a reading of the committees appointed 
by the Board. The committee appointments were as follows : 
Credentials and Placement: 

1965 Lester Felker 

1964 Herbert Anderson 

1963 Jacob Waechter 
Time and Place : 

Clarence Schultz, Chairman 

Lloyd Crain 

Edmond Parker 
Resolutions : 

William Randall, Chairman 

David Coleman 

Theoren Smith, Jr. 

Auditing : 

Samuel Hemberger, Chairman 
Robert Wuster 
R. H. Latz 
Nominating : 
Albei-t Wetzel 
Wayne J. Hamilton 
Fraternal Relations : 
President, 

Executive Secretary 
2nd Vice President 
The report of the Nominating Committee was next given by Dr. F. M. 
Pol. It was so accepted. 

Rev. Samuel Hemberger took the chair while voting proceeded for 
President. The committee nominated Lloyd F. Dean for President. It was 
moved that nominations cease. It was so voted and a unanimous vote was 
then cast. 

The committee nominated Joseph Cooke for the office of 1st Vice Presi- 
dent. Rev. Leonard Siff nominated Paul Halbert. It was moved and voted 
that the nominations cease. It was ruled by common consent that the low- 
est vote would automatically become the 2nd Vice President. The vote by 
ballot gave the office of 1st Vice President to Joseph Cooke, and the office 
of 2nd Vice President to Paul Halbert. 

Dr. Lloyd Dean again returned to the chair with a rising applause of 
appreciation and confidence. 

The committee nominated Robert Dempsey to the office of Executive 
Secretaiy. It was moved that the nominations cease. It was so voted and 
one ballot was cast. 

The committee nominated Alden Barrows for the office of Treasurer. 
It was moved that the nominations cease. It was so voted and one ballot 
was cast. 

The committee nominated Cecil Argetsinger for the office of Historian. 
It was moved and voted that nominations cease and that one ballot be cast. 
The committee nominated to theB oard of Directors Jacob Waechter, 
Joseph Fast and Samuel Hemberger. It was moved and voted that nom- 
inations cease and that one ballot be cast. 

The committee nominated Leslie Van Vorst to the office of Recording 
Secretary. It was moved and voted that nominations cease and that the 
President cast one ballot. 

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The committee nominated John H. Stewart to serve on the Finance 
Committee. It was moved and voted that nominations cease and that the 
ballot be cast. 

The committee nominated Geort^e French to sei-v'e on the Missionary 
Committee. It was moved and voted that nominations cease and that one 
ballot be cast. 

The committee nominated Roy Shervy to serve a three year term on 
the Christian Education Committee, and William Bankester to serve a one 
year term on the Christian Education Committee. It was moved and voted 
that nominations cease and that one ballot be cast. 

It was moved and voted that all the further committees be considered 
on one vote. The committee's nominations were as follows : 

Program Cornmittee — Robert Penrod 

Nominating Committee — Richard Roberts 

Publications Committee — Robert Baker 

Constitution Study Committee — Leonard SifT 

Church Etension Committee — Edwin Dahmar 

Women^s Activities Committee — 
Mrs. Robert Dempsey — 1 year 
Mrs. Elaine Kangas — 2 years 
Mrs. Selma Kilgore — 3 years 

It was moved and voted that nominations cease and that one ballot 
be cast by the secretary. 

The meeting was adjourned by the President at 4:25 P.M. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1962, Morning Session 

The final business meeting of the 1962 Annual Conference was called 
to order by the President, who called upon Rev. William Randall to lead 
in prayer. 

The minutes were read and accepted following a correction. 

The President next read the names of those who will serve on the 
committee responsible for the work of investigating and preparing the 
way, if possible, for employing a full time salaried Executive Secretary 
at the time of the 1963 Annual Conference. The committee members in- 
clude: Rev. Samuel Hemberger, Mr. R. H. Lutz, Dr. Ames Henry Hutch- 
ins, Rev. Clarence Schultz, and Rev. Cecil Argetsinger. 

One additional member pastor, Rev. Robert Hanna, arrived for this 
business session. It was moved and voted that his name be added to the 
voting delegates. Rev. Robert Hanna at this time introduced two who were 
visiting the conference. 

A further report of the Constitution Study Committee was next read 
by the chairman. Rev. Robert Dempsey. Acceptance was voted. 

An additional report of the Nominating Committee was read by Rev. 
Richard Roberts. Robert Wuster was nominated to a two year unexpired 
term on the Finance Committee. Nominations for the committee on the 
Ministry were: John Waye, 1 year; Hubert Clevenger, 2 years; Howard 
Landes, Chairman, 3 years. It was moved and voted that all men nomi- 
nated be elected. 

The Women's Activities Committee Report was next presented by 
Mrs. Robert Dempsey. Rev. Robert Dempsey moved the acceptance of the 
report with appreciation. It was so accepted. 

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The report of the Evangelism and Church Extension Committee was 
read by Rev. Jacob Waechter who then moved that the report be accepted 
It was so voted. 

Rev. Alden Barrows read the report of the Resolutions Committee and 
moved its adoption. Discussion resulted in the addition by common con- 
sent, of resolutions of thanks to all speakers. Rev. Robei-t Dempsey moved 
that the motion be amended to include : Copies td be sent to the National 
Association of Evangelicals, American Bible Society, and the families of 
Rev. Sherman Keeler, Rev. Fred Williams, and Rev. Jay Waterman. Dis- 
cussion of the motion to amend resulted in the inclusion of the Carlisle 
Congregational Church. It was so voted. Those making the motion to 
adopt the report agreed to the amendment and it was so adopted as 
amended. 

The proposed budget for 1962-63 was next given by the President and 
is as follows; 

Executive Secretary travel $1700.00 

Official Board Expense. • 25.00 

Dues to the N.A.E. Chaplaincy Conmiission. „ 100.00 

Stationary - 250.00 

Safety Deposit Box - 7.00 

Annual Meeting Expense. „ - 350.00 

Mid-Winter Conference 300.00 

Publications, Printing and Mailing.^ 2500.00 

Committee Expenses 200.00 

Postage 250.00 

Telephone ^ 75.00 

Travel - 100.00 

Secretarial Work 100.00 

Reimbursements to Carlisle Congregational Church 800.00 

Total Proposed 

$7,257.00 
The desirability of sending an official delegate to the tri-ennial con- 
vention of the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Brazil to 
be held in July, 1963 resulted in the motion by Rev. Ralph Shirk to insert 
$1,000 in the proposed budget for this expense. It was so voted. The total 
proposed budget would thus be $8,257.00. Rev. William Bankester moved 
that the budget be accepted and adopted as finally proposed. It was so 
voted. 

Rev. William Bankester made the motion that Rev. Robert Dempsey 
be our delegate to Brazil, and if it is not possible for him to go, the Board 
of Directors delegate someone else. It was so voted. 

Telegrams expressing greetings were received from the pastor and 
board of trustees of the Union Congregational Church of Fort Shaw, Mon- 
tana, and from Rev. Oscar A. Granger of Corona, Long Island, New York. 
Mr. Robert Reinbold made the motion that the 1962 Annual Meeting 
be adjourned. Rev. Robert Dempsey was called upon to lead the closing 
prayer. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Rev. Leslie Van Vorst, Recording Sec. 

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REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us 
free." Gal. 5:1 

In the Conference year past, your Executive Secretary has found 
himself on the road for the CCCC for a period totalling nine weeks. 
Last fall found him in the midwest with the privilege of participating 
in the founding meetings of the Michigan Fellowship of Conservative 
Congregational Christians, and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Fellowship of 
Conservative Congregational Christians. Services were also held in Illi- 
nois, Indiana and Ohio. 

The winter itinerary brought our first real contact with the Congre- 
gational Christian Churches of Virginia and North Carolina. I was 
happy to find considerable interest, particularly in North Carolina. There 
is a core of about forty churches outside of the merger. Many of these 
are evangelical and are taking steps to preserve their identity and their 
witness. Future contact must be made here. 

The most extensive itinerary of the year was undertaken in the 
spring, which saw travel up the west coast from Los Angeles to Wash- 
ington. Continued development of the southern California fellowship 
was most encouraging. A new fellowship group for the northwest was 
organized at Portland. The northwest area definitely seems to hold 
promise for the CCCC and follow-up to these contacts should be made as 
soon as possible. Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan provided addi- 
tional good opportunities. 

The summer afforded opportunity for a brief visit into New York, 
Pennsylvania and Maryland. 

The Executive Secretary is currently on an itinerary through Illinois, 
Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Tentative plans are 
made for intensive effort this fall in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and 
Indiana. In the winter. North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, 
Texas and Oklahoma should be visited. Next spring ought to s^e follovr- 
up work in the northwest. 

Growth this year has been slow but steady. The nevr churches and 
ministers offer a real hope for futur'e growth. A nation-wide mailing to 
all Congregational Christian Churches not in the United Church was 
most helpful. 

The Executive Secretary sees need for clearing up the now vague 
relationship with the regionals. Some definite action must be taken at 
Oshkosh to help avoid further confusion. 

The foundational work of the Conference in the past three years has 
now brought us to a time of decision. The work of the Executive Secre- 
tary has continued to grow, and the time shortly will be here when it can 
no longer be carried on effectively by volunteer help. We now face oppor- 
tunities that will never be ours again, if we do not launch out to meet 
them. At this convention we must realistically face our future. 

Correspondence, mailings and Conference mechanics have taken con- 
fiiderable time and effort. I must once more publicly acknowledge the 
faithful support and effort of my wife, without whose help the task would 
not have been done. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. Robert B. Dempsey 

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REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 



Our aim has be'en to inform the Churches of the financial needs of 
the Conference. It became quite evident by the end of last November 
that the time for an urgent appeal had arrived as there were not suffi- 
cient funds on hand to pay for the cost of publishing the 1961 Year Book 
and the periodical. 

Under date of December 4, 1961 we addressed on'e hundred thirty- 
two (132) letters to the various Churches, Ministers and Church Clerks 
of this Conference. We ar'e happy to report that there was a good re- 
sponse which enabled the printing of the Year Book and the payment of 
current expenses. 

Again, under date of F'ebruary 1, 1962 we sent out another letter 
in which was presented the "Proposed Budget for 1961-62" of $7,340.00, 
and a request for contributions. 

The receipts in the months following were very gratifying. On and 
On and On we must always go and that m'eans more expenses which re- 
quire additional contributions if we are to meet the challenge of our 
faith. 

On August 14th our committee also sent out another letter inform- 
ing our member Churches of the current financial situation. It is our 
intention to continue to keep all concerned informed as to the financial 
needs of the Conference. We should like to see more laymen become 
"Sustaining Members" through the medium of an annual donation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John H. Stewart, Chairman 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL RELATIONS 

The committee offers the following recommendation: that the CCCC 
authorize the Committee on Fraternal Relations to make overtures to and 
enter into discussion with the Fellowship of Indep'endent Evangelical 
Churches of Brazil in the interests of fellowship and cooperation. 

It is further recommended that the CCCC send a representative to 
attend the General Convention of the Union of Evangelical Congregation- 
al Churches of Brazil which meets in July, 1963, at its triennial conven- 
tion. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Lloyd F. Dean 
Robert Dempsey 
Paul Halbert 



PLACEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT 

Thirty-^even churches sought the aid of the placement committee 
during the past year. Of these churches, twenty have reported that their 
pulpits have now been filled. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Paul Halbert, Chairman 

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REPORT OF THE HISTORIAN— 1961 - 1962 

Two pieces of legislature have been received to be added to the 
records. Three letters requesting infoiTnation concerning the Conserva- 
tive Congregational Christian Conference have been duly received and 
answ-'ered. 

Your historian has joined the National Congregational Historical 
Society and literature concerning the history and principles of the Con- 
sei'\'ative Congregational Christian Conference has been s'ent to them. 

A questionnaire to the Churches is being prepared so that informa- 
tion concerning each individual Church can be I'eceived and filed. 

Churches are urged to send in information concerning the past his- 
tory and present important events of thoir churches to the office of the 
historian. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev Cecil Argetsinger, Historian 



REPORT OF THE CONSTITUTION STUDY COMMITTEE 

The Constitution Study Committee calls the attention of the Con- 
ference to this Committee's 1961 report, which is on page 18 of the 1961 
year book. There is also a proposed By-law amendment on pag'e 13. 
These matters are for action this year. 

At the instruction of the Board of Directors mid-wint-er meeting, a 
series of amendments to the By-laws was circulated for action of this 
meeting. Proper constitutional notice has been given to all members. 

One matter that was tabled two years ago with regard to the rela- 
tionship of this Confei'ence to various regional fellowships and associ- 
ations of conservative Congregational Churches was studied by this 
Committee. A proposal has been circulated and is ready for action at 
this time. 

The following proposed changes and amendmemts to the Constitution 
are now presented for action in 1963 at the Annual Meeting: 
Constitution Preamble in place of presenit one. 

In gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of salvation through our 
Lord Jesus Christ; and 

Believing that the task of the church of Jesus Christ is twofold, i.e., 
the evangelization of the world and the edification of the saints; and 
Believing further, that ther'e is a definite need among congregation- 
ally governed churches of the historic Biblical persuasion for an 
association to assist them in the performance of said task; 
We, therefore, as autonomous churches declaring our unqualified be- 
lief in the entire Word of God written, humbly invoking the guidance 
of the Holy Spirit, have covenanted together to form such an asso- 
ciation. 
Article II in place of the present one. 

1. To deepen and extend the fellowship of our churches. 

2. To encourage a steadfast. Biblical witness by our churches. 

3. To facilitate cooperation and counsel among our churches with 
regard to evangelism, the spiritual life. Christian education, 

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stewardship, missions, church extension, Christian action, wom- 
en's and men's fellowships, youth activities, the pastoral ministry, 
and other related concerns. 
4. To preserve and promote the Scriptural principles of the autono- 
my of the local church and the freedom of the believer in Christ. 

Article III, Section 1 

Change word **only" from in front of "inerrant*' to in front of "in- 
spired". 

Article VII, Section 2 

Delete words: "and five othex members of the Board," 

Article VII, Section 4 (new) 

The Board of Directors shall have power to endorse a ministerial 
member of the Conference for the military chaplaincy upon the 
recommendation of the Credentials and Placement Committee. This 
endorsement is subject to review by the Annual Meeting of th'e Con- 
ference. 

Article VII, Section 5 (new) 

The Board of Directors shall appoint annually the Conference repre- 
sentative on the Chaplaincy Commission of the National Association 
of Evangelicals. He shall automatically be one of the five members 
of the Credentials and Placement Committee. 

The Committee proposes the following By-law amendment for considera- 
tion at the 1963 Annual Meeting; 

By-Law III^ Section 9 

Add: 

This committee shall also study the constitutional problems of local 
churches at the request of same, and recommend suggestions for im- 
proving the constitutions thereof. 

Further report of the Constitution Study Committee: 

Article I 

Change name to Congregational Christian Community Churches, 

Article IV, Section 1 

In next to last sentence insert before the word "churches'* the follow- 
ing : "or congregationally governed churches." 

Article IV, Section S 

Strike : "Reason to suppose'* and insert in its place "received a written 

statement" 

In second sentence, strike "supposition" and insert "charge". 

Article V, Section A 

Insert as the last word "Revised"* 

Article VI, Section 1, Subsection (c) 

Insert after "year", with the exception of tbe Executive Seei^tary, 
"who shall serve for a term of three years." 

Article VI, Section 2 

Insert "installed'* for the word "qualified" and add "which shall be 
at the Annual Meeting at which they are elected." 

Article X, Section 2 

Strike the following words: "i.e., the Statement of Faith not includ- 
ing the appeaided notes/* 

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By-law III — ne?^' section 12 

A Committee on Fraternal Relations of three to be elected by the 
Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee 
shall carry on discussions and relations with other like-minded bodies 
in this country and throughout the world. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert B. Dempsey, Chairman 

REPORT OF THE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE 

Be it resolved, that the members and guests in attendance at the 
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference at Oshkosh, Wiscon- 
sin, express their sincere appreciation and thanks for the gracious hospi- 
tality extended to them by the pastor, members and friends of Plymouth 
Congregational Church, for those who so graciously provided the facilities 
and prepared the meals, and for those v/ho opened their homes for the 
comfort of all attending. 

Be it resolved that this Conference hereby offer its sympathy to and 
p'rayers on behalf of the family and congregation of the late Rev. Fred 
Williams, who was pastor of Olivet Congregational Church, Bridgman, 
Michigan. 

Be it resolved that this Conference hereby extend its sympathy to 
and prayers on behalf of Mrs. Sherman L. Keeler and family upon the 
recent passing of the Rev. Sherman L. Keeler, of Oblong, Illinois. 

Be it resolved that this Conference hereby express its sympathy to 
and prayers on behalf of Mrs. Jay Waterman and family upon the recent 
passing of the Rev. Jay Waterman, of Dunlap, Iowa. 

Be it resolved that we extend our gratitude to the Rev. Dr. Herb'ert 
Mekeel, long time Presbyterian friend of true Congregationalism in his 
expression of vital ecumenicity, in befriending the Conservative Congre- 
gational Christian Conference and for his fine address to this annual 
meeting. 

Be it resolved that we express our appreciation to Rev. Raymond C. 
Ortlund for speaking at our annual meeting. 

Be it resolved that we hereby respectfully receive the greetings 
brought to this Conference by the Rev. Dr. George Ford from the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals. 

Be it resolved that we hereby express our thanks to Rev. Don Hillis 
for his message at the Conference Banquet. 

Be it resolved that we hereby reaffirm the previously expressed de- 
sire of this Conference to be a member denomination of the National 
Association of Evangelicals. 

Whereas this Conference recognizes the indispensable nature of the 
written Word of God for the enlightenment and salvation of the souls of 
men, since "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God"; 
and, 

Whereas the American Bible Society seeks to propagate and to spread 
this written Word of God — the Bible — to all peoples and in all languages 
through the channels of all Christian missions and denominations, at or 
below cost, without note or comment; therefore, 

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Be it resolved that the Conservative Congregational Christian Con- 
ference heartily commend to our churches the indispensable labors of 
the American Bible Society as worthy of our heartfelt support in pro- 
moting worldwide missionary advance and in propagating the written 
Word of God. 

Be it resolved that this Conference express its heartfelt apprecia- 
tion to the Eev. Dr. Lloyd F. Dean for the fine leadership he has given 
this Conf er'ence as President during the past year. 

Be it resolved that we extend to the Union of Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Churches of Brazil through the Rev. Arthur Barros our warm, fra- 
ternal greetings in the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Whereas the quiet but ever generous spirit of the officers and general 
membership of Carlisle Congregational Church, Carlisle, Mass., has ex- 
ceedingly manifested itself in the loan of their pastor, Rev. Robei-t Demp- 
sey, to pursue his duties as Executive Secretary of this Conference, and. 

Whereas the CCCC has prospered as a result of the release of Mr. 
DempSey so often from his pastoral duties, therefore. 

Be it hereby resolved that this conference express its deep appreci- 
ation of an gratitude to the Carlisle Congregational Church for this gi'eat 
service rendered to the cause of Christ in aiding the fellowship of Chris- 
tians of like precious faith throughout these United States and beyond. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Leonard F. Siff, Chairman 
Alden Barrows 
Paul Kangas 



REPORT OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 

The work of the Publications Committee has been divided into three 
areas of I'esponsibility, that of editor, publisher, and circulation manager. 
This arrangement has proved highly beneficial in that no single person 
has been shackled with an undue amount of work. 

The general proximity of the Committee members to one another 
has also been advantageous, allowing the Committee to meet for lengthy 
sessions twice during the year to discuss matters of policy and content 
for the periodical, The Congregational Christian. A lively correspond- 
ence compensated for other meetings that busy schedules would not allow. 

The Committee began its work with the publication of the "1961 
Yearbook," a thirty-seven page resume of the 1961 annual conference 
plus committee reports and the constitution and by-laws of the CCCC. 

Three issues of The Congregational Christian have been published 
to date. The first three issues were dedicated to three of the more im- 
portant areas of ministry in the CCCC, church extension, missions, and 
Christian education. The fourth issue is planned for October and will 
be a reflection of the progress and prospects of the CCCC as revealed at 
the Annual Convention in Oshkosh. 

An effort was made to secure advertising to offset some of the cost 
of publishing the quarterly. Christian schools and mission societies were 
the primary focus of this effort. Only a limited amount of advertising 
has been received to date, however. 

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The Committee has received excellent cooperation when requesting 
material for the quarterly. As this spirit continues The Congregational 
Christian will become an even more important voice of conservative Con- 
gregationalism. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Thomas Erickson 
George Buhl 
John VanderTuin 



REPORT OF WOMEN'S ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE 

The committee on Women's Work has had one primary objective for 
this years' work. To present to the women of our churches a folder or 
"packet" with suggested programs that might be used for meetings. We 
have achieved this objective. 

All member churches were contacted in October by letter asking for 
an exchange of ideas relative to the activity of women's groups. The 
response was gratifying. In most contacts made the request was that 
our committee give whatever assistance possible in planning Christ cen- 
tered programs. 

Our first step in this direction was to send a sample copy of the 
World Day of Prayer program published by the N. A. E. We realize 
this has probably been used by some for many years, but for those not 
knowing of help from this source, it proved valuable. 

A second letter was mailed to our churches in lat^ winter sending 
word of greeting from the committee and telling the women of our plans 
relative to preparing program planning helps. 

In September the "packets" were completed and are being distri- 
buted to all churches. Though not numerous, the programs are varied. 
We hope this will prove to be just the first step in such program plan- 
ning and that through suggestions and constructive criticism this com- 
mittee might more effectively sei^e Christ and our Churches in the future. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Stewart M. Tatem, Chairman 
Mrs. Robert Dempsey 
Mrs. Paul Kangas 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE 
ON CHURCH EXTENSION AND EVANGELISM 

"Preach the word; be instant in season out of season; reprove, re- 
buke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. This is surely true of 
Conservative Congregational Christian Churches this year. We have 
reached more people and have contacted more churches and have had 
better responses than ever before. Praise God, we are moving, and in 
the right direction. 

There has been a great deal of activity along the line of regional 
or state associations. This year several regional or state associations 
have been formed and still others are in the process of formation. Re- 
gional areas are strategic and can be a great source of strength and 
blessing to the churches; this because communications and fellowship 

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can be more meaningful and get-to-gethers held more often on this local 
level. 

Our churches are experiencing growth. Several of our churches 
have had evangelistic campaigns and more are anticipating campaigns 
this year. We have capable m'en who are anxious to assist our churches 
in this effort of reaching the lost for Christ. 

At least one of our new churches has almost completed their build- 
ing program and have been meeting in their new building since June. 
Other new churches are moving along nicely in various stages of growth 
and completion. Some of these need additional help and thei-'e are still 
other churches that are yet in the formation process. New churches are 
being started in California, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, 
Ohio and New York. All of these works need the constant and faithful 
prayers of our people. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jacob Waechter, Chairman 

REPORT OF THE MISSIONARY COMMITTEE 

Your Missionary Committee began its work by requesting from all 
pastors listed in the Confer'ence Year Book names and addresses, plus 
certain basic information, concerning all known Congregational mission- 
aries, particularly those holding membership in conservative churches. 
Using this information plus that gathered by our predecessors v/e sub- 
mitted a questionnaire to all such missionaries, with the following re- 
sults : 

We sent out questionnaires to 115 missionaries 

We received 59 replies 

We now have this basic information concerning 32 who are members 

of CCCC churches, plus another 17 who are members of other Con- 
gregational Christian Churches 

Of these, 28 do not now haVe complete support underwritten for their 

families at their Boards' established rates 

The total shortage of support for these 28 missionaries and their 

children is $1,400 per month, $16,800 per year 

Some of this information has been prepared in mimeographed form 
for distribution among the churches. Your Missionary Committee recom- 
mends to all churches of the Conference that an earnest effoi*t be made to 
provide this needed support. 

Four members of Conference churches are accepted candidates for 
service in mission fields. They are also listed in the afore-mentioned 
bulletin of missionary information. 

There are many from whom v/e have not yet heard in response to 
the questionnaire. We suspect there may be many other Congregational 
missionaries of whom we have not heard. As such information comes to 
us it will be made available to the churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Lester G. Felker 
Russell Christian 
Maurice Jacques, Chairman 

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The Missionary Committee also submitted the following in respect 
to the missionary policy of the Conservative Congregational Christian 
Conference. 

The statement of policy, which by vote of the Annual Convention at 
Oshkosh became Article IV of the Constitution, sets forth the principles 
that will give direction to the missionary activities of the Conference 
through its Missionary Committee, (see esp. sections 2, 4, & 5) 

It has been repeatedly declared by those in positions of leadership 
in the CCCC that while the Conference encourages the lending out of 
missionaries, it is not and should not be the purpose of the Conference 
to form a Board of Missions as a sending society. Rather the Confer- 
ence has gone on record as recognizing the existence and effectiveness 
of adequate agencies in the many interdenominational, or ''faith missions" 
such as those of the IFMA, EFMA and others. (We note also that most 
of such interdenominational societies gather their converts together into 
churches, most of which are organized according to congregational polity.) 
We recommend these to our member churches as suitable channels for 
missionary activity and support. 

In order that its support of the missionary enterprise of the local 
churches be not merely that of passive approval the Conference has pro- 
vided for the election of a Missionary Committee with specific responsi- 
bility to ''encourage and stimulate missionary interest in the local 
churches by providing missionary literature and missionary speakers." 
(Quo. fr By-laws) 

This defines the committee's work as that of providing missionary 
information, both in print and in person. Such a program would give 
impetus to the missionary activity that is already in progress in each 
local church without imposing either compulsion to conform or sanctions 
against exercising freedom of conscience as a local congregation. 

We therefore state: 

1. No Board of Missions shall be formed as a sending society; 

2. No "approved list" shall be held out as an exclusively recommend'ed 
group of missionaries or Mission Boards; 

3. The churches of our Conference are urged to share with all our sister 
churches detailed information of missionaries supported and special pro- 
jects undertaken, of whatever denominational affiliation, as a means of 
"provoking one another unto love and good works;" 

4. We recognize a responsibility to provide for our own, not to the ex- 
clusion of others, but surely as a primary obligation; 

5. We therefore instruct our Missionary Committee and exhort our con- 
stituent churches, that they make known those of our own fellowship who 
are engaged in missionary ministry, and seek to promote greater support 
for them, both materially and by prayer. 



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REPORT OF THE AUDITING COMMITTEE 



This is to certify that the official records of the Conference Treasurer 
for the period from September 19, 1961 to September 1, 1962, and all can- 
celled checks, receipts and other items pertaining thereto have been 
checked and found to be accurate and in order. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. H. LUTZ 
Robert Wuster 
Samuel T. Hemberger 



REPORT OF THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE 

The Committee on Christian Education has carried on a program of 
correspondence among its members during the year. The committee has 
set up a list of examiners for the ministerial correspondence courses, 
and is in the process of r'evising the list of text books to be used in the 
required courses. One person is taking the conference study course and 
many have made inquiries. 

The committee has discussed, by correspondence, some materials in 
the area of church membership instruction for youth and adults. We 
are not prepared to make any recommendations at this time. 

This report is respectfully submitted with a strong recommendation 
that the conference consider the geographical location of the individuals 
on this committee, so that committee meetings can be held throughout 
the year. ^ 



Roy Shervy for the Committee 



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Financial Statement . . . 

Balance, September 1, 1961 $ 3.61 

Receipts, September 1, 1961 to September 1, 1962 

From Churches - $3,485.19 

From Individuals 1,921.05 

From Fellowship Groups - 85.16 

1961 Conference Offerings 302.89 

Ad in CONG. CHRISTIAN, No. Africa Mission 20.00 5,814.29 



Total receipts $5,817.90 

Disbursements 

Travel - $1,650.13 

Postage 261.03 

Printing 2,646.29 

Phone 70.44 

Conference Speakers 65.00 

Miscellaneous 538.98 



Total disbursements for the year „ 5,231.8' 



Balance on Hand, September 1, 1962 586.03 

Missionary Financial Report — Gifts given thini the Conference Treasury 

Receipts 

The Union Congregational Church (Villa Ridge, 111.) $ 95.00 

Clarks Congregational Church (Clarks, Neb.) 10.00 



Total Receipts 105.00 

Disbursements 

Miss Caroline Tice (T.E.A.M.) Africa $100.00 

Total disbursements - 100.00 

Balance on hand in Missionary Fund 5.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

Paul Halbert, Treasurer 



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MINISTERS 



Abrahamson, Alfred C, 2267 S.E. 38th Avenue, Portland 14, Oregon 
Alio, Keijo I., 9 Morton Street, Quincy 69, Massachusetts 
Anderson, Herbert, 163 Center Avenue, Plymouth, Pennsylvania 
Antisdale, Wilbur J., 4140 Oakmore Road, Oakland 2, California 
Archer, Gleason L., 618 Hermosa Street, South Pasadena, California 
Areretsinger, Cecil, Mantorville, Minnesota 
Avikainen, Arne J., 1827 - 21st Avenue, Forest Grove, Oregon 
Avikainen, Elizabeth, 1827 - 21st Avenue, Forest Grove, Oregon 

Barrows, Alden S., Prattville, Michigan 

Bawden, Raymond C, Arena, Wisconsin 

Billups, Charles B. Jr., Medical Lake, Washington 

Bingham, Glenn F. Jr., Danby, Vermont 

Blocher, Raymond Banks, 491 South Main Street, Great Barrington, Mass. 

Buhl. George S., 10 Center Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 

Carr, Lewis C, 8 Norfolk Street, Needham 92, Massachusetts 
Christensen, A. Roy, 218 Bay Road, South Hamilton, Massachusetts 
Christian, Russell M., 180 Denton Avenue, Lynbrook, Long Island, N. Y. 
Clevenger, Hubert K., 126 North East Street, Winchester, Indiana 
Coyle, Donald, Box 281, Geneva, New York 
Grain, Loyd 0., Alto Pass, Illinois 

Dean, Lloyd F., 335 Saratoga Road, Scotia 2, New York 
Dempsey, Robert B., Church Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts 
Downing, Kenneth L., Africa Inland Mission, 253 Henry Street 
Brooklyn 1 , New York 

Edgar, Alec J., 1481 Tallberry Drive, Cincinnati 30, Ohio 
Edwards, Kennyon, 7805 Sheryl Drive, Norfolk 5, Virginia 

Fast, Joseph, 411 South 4th Street, Lincoln, Kansas 
Felker, Lester, 4232 Kellar Street, Flint 5, Michigan 
Fitch, Norman E., 710 Jeroleman Street, Dunlap, Iowa 

Gawne, Washington P., Freeland, Michigan 

George, Henry M., 63 Joseph Lane, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 

Gillis, Raymond L., Presbyterian Manse, Clyde River, 

Prince Edward Island. Canada 
Ginther, Dale, Box 208, Winona Lake, Indiana 
Granger, Oscar A., 33-12 104th Street, Coi-ona, Long Island, New York 

Halbert, Paul, 208 South Maple Street, Argos, Indiana 

Hamilton, Wayne J., Box #18, Greenhurst, New York 

Hanna, Robert, 2627 North Talman Avenue, Chicago 47, Illinois 

Heinson, Robert D., Box #203, Bay City, Oregon 

Homberger, Samuel T., 30 Underbill Street, Tuckahoe 7, New York 

Hess. Robert S., 328 Village Sti-eet, Medway, Massachusetts 

Hopper, Stanley B., 1508 "L" Street, Bedford, Indiana 

Humme, John, Burlington, Maine 

Huntress, Robert C, 314 Amesbury Line Road. Haverhill, Massachusetts 

Hutchins, James Henry, 2111 East Mountain Street, Pasadena, Calif. 

Iwan, Edward Louis, Sudan Interior Mission, 164 West 74th Street, 
New York 23, New Yoik 

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Jacques, Maurice B., Park Street Church, Boston 8, Massachusetts 
Johnson, Douglas, 3306 Norwood Drive, Flint, Michigan 
Jones, Chester, Wrentham, Massachusetts 
Jones, Irving T., Box #146, Gerry, New York 

Kangas, Paul D., Eoute 3, Farmer City, Illinois 
Kirgiss, George F., Box 286, Medical Lake, Washington 
Kusler, Duane K., Route 1, Box #293, Walla Walla, Washington 

Landes, Howard J., Farmland, Indiana 
Loman, J. Harold, Salisbury, North Carolina 

Maier, Raymond, Director of Admissions, Seattle-Pacific College, 

Seattle 99, Washington 
Malafronte, Maurice, 108 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. 
McCardel, Paul, 97-15 Ninety-Fourth Street, Ozone Park, New York 
McKittrick, Robert, Broadway, Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, N.Y. 

Overton, Theodore, 42 Liberty Street, W. H., Newburgh, New York 

Parker, Edmond R., 5168 North 34th Street, Milwaukee 9, Wisconsin 

Penrod, Robert, Bridgeman, Michigan 

Pol, Henri F. M., 1558 Fulham Street, St. Paul 8, Minnesota 

Randall, William N., 445 Langley Street, Muskegon, Michigan 

Reed, Chester, North Webster, Indiana 

Roberts, Richard O., 5 Witbeck Drive, Scotia 2, New York 

Schultz, Clarence J. Jr., Box #575, Herried, South Dakota 

Scovil, Lynn, 318 Church Avenue, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 

Shervy, Roy, c/o Congregational Church, Spencer, Iowa 

Shirk, Ralph, Oxford, Maine 

Siff. Leonard F., 29 Albert Avenue, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 

Simpson, John L., Koror, Palau District, Western Caroline Islands, 

Via Guam 
Smith, Edward G., 2125 Emerson Avenue, South Minneapolis, Minn. 
Smith, Theoren, Sr., 3803 Allison Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 

Tiffen, Arthur, 502 Leelanau Street, Frankfort, Michigan 
Towne, Marion, Box #168, Highland, Michigan 

Van Vorst, K. Leslie, Route 3, Jamestown, New York 

Waechter, Jacob F., Route 3, Elida, Ohio 

Webber, LeRoy D., 246 Mohawk Drive, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Illinois 

Wetzel, Albert, Underwood, North Dakota 

Williams, Alvin N., 1196 North Catalina Avenue, Pasadena, California 

Williams, Gilbert, Anahola, Kavai, Hawaii 

Williams, Ralph W., 80 Hudson Street, Berlin, Connecticut 

Winston, John C. Jr., 7 rue du Moniteur, Brussels, Belgium 



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LICENSED MINISTERS OF THE CONFERENCE 

Arthur, William, 6948 South West Capitol Highway, Portland 19, Ore. 

Clynier, John, Andover, Ohio 

Dahmer, Edwin, Bazine. Kansas 

Gillespie, Robert, Route 1, Willow Hill, Illinois 

Green, Edwin Kirby, 3606 East Roosevelt, Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Horst, Edward H., Dayton, Wyoming 

Ivy, Ellsworth C, 47 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, New York 

Jones, Paul Richards, 103 Academy Street, Plymouth, Pennsylvania 

Murphy, Howard, 903 St. Louis Street, West Plains, Missouri 

Ray, David, Box #223, Tulia, Texas 

Roden, Kenneth, R.R. 1, Dorset, Ohio 

Smith, Theoren Per Lee, Church Street, Hunt, New York 

MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES UNDER CONFERENCE CARE 

Crabb, Larry W., Argos, Indiana 
Threlkeld, Ron, Darlington, Indiana 

Whitman, Edward A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 
Williams, David A., 55 Plymouth Street, Lake Ronkonkoma, 
Long Island, New York 

INDIVIDUAL LAY MEMBERS OF NON-MEMBER CHURCHES 

Berkhimer, Mrs. Flora, Box 84, Salem, Iowa 

Cantel, Francis, 171 Cindy Street, Old Bridge, New Jersey 

Coleman, David, 10030 South Lowe, Chicago 28, Illinois 

Coleman, Mrs. Grace E.. Willow Hill, Illinois 

Garmoe, Pauline, Salem, Iowa 

Kangas, Mrs. Paul, Farmer City, Illinois 

Kirgiss, Mrs. Olive, Box 286, Medical Lake, Washington 

Lasley, Shafford, Lanett, Alabama 

Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. R. H., 522 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, Michigan 

Marcus, James, Ripley, Mississippi 

Markko, Mr. and Mrs. Matt, 1846 George Street, Chicago, Illinois 

Mosher, Frances W., Salem, Iowa 

Olson, Amond, Route 1, Shiocton, Wisconsin 

Pai'ks, Mrs. Alta, Salem, Iowa 

Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon, Salem, Iowa 

Penrod, Mrs. Robert, Box #85, Salem, Iowa 

Rook, Mr. and Mrs. Myles, R.R. 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Roth, Jake W. Jr., 506 North 6th Street, Weatherford, Oklahoma 

Schaap, Mr. and Mrs. Edward, 627 Maple Drive, Dundee, Michigan 

Stuockle, Mr. and Mrs. Ed., LaCrosse, Washington 

Stueckle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred, LaCrosse, Washington 

Stueckle, Mr. and Mrs. J. A., LaCrosse, Washington 

Watts, Mrs. Dalo, R.R. 1, Salem, Iowa 

Watts, Mrs. Wilbur, Salem. Iowa 

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. . . Constitution and By-laws 

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS 

OF THE 

CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE 

1962 

PREAMBLE 

In gratitude to Almig-hty God for the gift of salvation through our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and believing that the supreme task of the Church of 
Jesus Christ, is that of world-wide evangelism through the faithful wit- 
ness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person and that every church 
should therefore be a living soulwinning agency; and believing, further, 
that there is a definite need among our Congregational Christian 
Churches for an organization of churches of unqualified loyalty to the 
gospel of Christ as revealed in the Word of God, in the interest of a re- 
newed emphasis upon this supreme task among all Congregational Chris- 
tian Churches; we, therefore, as conservative churches, laymen and min- 
isters of the gospel, humbly invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, have 
banded ourselves together in a conference of Conservative Congregational 
Christian Churches, and have established an organization which shall 
function under the following constitution and by-laws : 

Article I - Name 

The name of this organization shall be: THE CONSERVATIVE 
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE. 

Article II - Purpose 

1. To provide through this avenue a means of encouragement to all 
Conservative Congregational Christian Churches for a more effective fel- 
lowship one with the other. 

2. To lift up a faithful Biblical witness in this day of doctrinal vague- 
ness, spiritual lukewarmness, indifference and worldliness. 

3. To facilitate cooperation in the full support of the ministry of 
these churches by: 

(a) An emphasis upon the place of world-wide evangelism and 
personal soul winning as the definite responsibility of each individual 
church and Christian believer. 

(b) An emphasis upon Christian education as an effective means 
of getting every individual in each community into a church where 
they may be taught the Word of God and brought into saving knowl- 
edge of, and into experimental relationship with Christ as personal 
Saviour. 

(c) Encouragement of efforts by the churches to reach with the 
gospel message spiritually neglected areas both on the local and on 
the national level ; and of missionary work, both at home and abroad. 

(d) A dedication of ourselves to a deeper life among God's people. 

4. To be a means of service to the churches but without right of in- 
fringement upon their autonomy. 

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Constitution and By4atcs . . . 

Article III - Statement of Faith 

1. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, 
to be the inspired, the only inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. 

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three per- 
sons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

3. We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sin- 
less life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His 
shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand 
of the Father, and in His pei*sonal return in power and glory. 

4. We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration 
by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. 

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose 
indwelling power and fulness the Christian is enabled to live a godly, holy 
life in this present evil world. 

6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; 
they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost 
unto the resurrection of damnation. 

7. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ. 



Article IV - Statement of Polity 

1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of His Body, the Church 
universal, and of each local church. 

2. We believe that each local church is in itself a complete church, 
and therefore autonomous and possesses all the rights and responsibilities 
of the church by the Holy Spirit as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. 

3. We believe that Jesus Christ exercises His authority in each local 
church by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Scriptures. 

4. We believe that each local church is amenable only to Jesus 
Christ, and not to any association, conference, council, synod or any other 
ecclesiastical body. 

5. We believe that it is proper and beneficial for each local church 
to seek fellowship and council of other such local churches. 

Article V - Membership 

Section 1 

Membership in this Conference shall be attained by the voluntary 
association of churches, ministers or individual laymen who find them- 
selves in full accord with the Statement of Faith outlined in Article III 
of this constitution, and with the general principles of this Conference as 
set forth in the constitution and by-laws. Conference membership, wheth- 
er of laymen, church or minister, may be granted upon ai)plication to and 
approval by the designated Conference officials, subject to review by the 
ensuing annual mooting of the Conference. Ministerial membership shall 
bo accorded on the basis of the approved ministerial standards of the Con- 
ference, as set forth in the by-laws of this constitution. Churches are not 

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necessarily barred from membership because of other affiliations so long 
as they adhere to the Statement of Faith and the workings of the Con- 
ference. Individual lay membership may be held only by laymen in non- 
member Congregational Christian Churches. In the event that a non- 
member church joins this Conference, the individual lay membership of 
any of its members ceases. 

Section 2 

A church, minister or individual lay member may withdraw from 
membership in this conference at any time by its or his own action, and 
will be removed from the membership roll when written notice of such 
action is given to the Chairman of the Credentials Committee. 

Section 3 

In the event that there is reason to suppose that a member church, 
minister or individual lay member has departed from the standards of 
faith and practice set forth in this Constitution and By-laws, the Com- 
mittee on Credentials and Placement shall make a careful investigation 
of the matter. If the supposition is justified, the Committee shall report 
the matter to the Conference for appropriate action. The Committee on 
Credentials and Placement shall file their report in writing with the Re- 
cording Secretary of this Conference and the party accused at least thirty 
days prior to the annual or special meeting at which the report is to be 
considered. The right of appeal to the Conference by the party accused is 
pre-supposed. 

Section 4 - Regional Membership. 

Regional fellowships or associations of Congregational Christian 
Churches which are in sympathy with the Statements of Faith and Polity 
of this Conference may hold one of three possible relationships to this 
Conference. 

(1) A Region in Affiliation. A regional fellowship or association of 
Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the 
Statements of Faith and Polity of this Conference and with the general 
principles outlined in the Constitution and By-laws, may be granted the 
status of an affiliated region upon application to and approval by the 
Credentials and Placement Committee, which action will be subject to re- 
view by the ensuing Annual Meeting of the Conference. When a, region 
becomes an affiliate, all member ministers and churches of the region will 
become member ministers and churches of this Conference, and all mem- 
ber ministers and churches of this Conference within the said region will 
become member ministers and churches of the regional group. Churches 
and ministers of this Conference within the said region which are not 
members of the region at the time of application will be asked to approve 
membership in the regional group before they will become members of the 
said regional group. A regional group making application to become an 
affiliate region will submit with their application a list of all members. 
Upon acceptance as an affiliate region, all future applications for mem- 
bership in the regional group or in the Conference from ministers and 
churches from within the region will be subject to approval by the Cre- 
dentials Committees of both, and subject to review by the ensuing annual 
meeting or special meetings of both. From the time of its acceptance as 
an affiliate region, all new member churches and ministers will become 
members of both this Conference and the regional group. Such a region 

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will be represented in the Conference business meetings by the delegates 
of their member churches. Churches and ministers presently members of 
the region, but not this Conference, will not be made members of this 
Conference without their consent. 

(2) A Region in Sympathy. A regional fellowship or association of 
Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the State- 
ments of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which does not wish to 
become an affiliate region of this Conference may pass a resolution or 
amendment expressing their sympathy with the beliefs, practices and 
program of this Conference. Such a region will be considered a sympa- 
thetic region. This means that communication and cooperation will be 
possible between the two. 

(3) A Region in Recognition. A regional fellowship or association 
of Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the 
Statements of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which takes no of- 
ficial action to be identified with this Conference, may be recognized by 
this Conference as a regional group of conservative Congregational Chris- 
tian Churches. This means that this Conference will not promote a com- 
petitive group within that region and will offer such assistance and advice 
as may be deemed advisable. 



Article VI - Meetings 

1. Annual Meeting. There shall be an annual meeting of the Con- 
ference at such time and place as determined by the Executive Committee, 
unless the same are specifically designated by the annual meeting of the 
previous year. 

2. Special Meetings. These may be called at the direction of the 
Executive Committee, or upon written request of members representing 
one-fifth of the total membership of the Conference. 

3. Representation. Churches becoming members of the Confer- 
ence shall be entitled to representation at various meetings of the Con- 
ference by the pastors and two lay delegates per first 100 members or 
fraction thereof, and thereafter one delegate for each 500 members or 
fraction thereof. 

Voting privileges at Conference meetings shall also be extended to 
ministerial members who are without a charge, and to individual lay mem- 
bers of the Conference, with the understanding that not more than one 
layman from any non-member church shall be entitled to vote. 

4. Procedure. The guide for parliamentary procedure in all meet- 
ings shall be Robert's Rules of Order. 



Article VII - Officers 
1. The elected officers of this Conference shall be : 

(a) A President, who shall be eligible to succeed himself for two 
terms only. 

(b) A First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Record- 
ing Secretary, an Executive Secretai*y, a Treasurer, and an Historian. 

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(c) The term of office for each of the above officers shall be one 
year: and for the duration of their tenure they shall be members of the 
Conference Board of Directors with full voting rights. 

2. The duly elected officers of the said Conference shall hold their 
office until their successors are chosen and qualified in their stead. 



Article VIII - Board of Directors 

1. The business of the Conference shall be conducted by a Board of 
Directors, numbering not fewer than twelve nor more than thirty mem- 
bers, and shall include the elected officers of the Conference. The initial 
Board having been elected in three equal groups, for one year, two years, 
and three years respectively, one- third of the membership of the Board 
of Directors (exclusive of the Conference Officers named in Article VI) 
shall be elected annually for a term of three years, at future annual meet- 
ings of the Conference. In the election of members at large, consideration 
shall be given to proper representation of membership both geographically 
and organizationally (the latter having reference to foreign speaking 
groups). 

2. The Board of Directors shall establish an Executive Committee, 
to consist of the officers of the Conference and five other members of the 
Board. The Board may delegate to the Executive Committee such of its 
powers and authority as may be deemed necessary for the proper func- 
tioning of the Conference. 

3. The Board of Directors shall fill any vacancy arising among the 
officers of the Conference or in the Board itself, until the next annual 
meeting of the Conference at which time the Conference shall fill the va- 
cancy for the unexpired term. 



Article IX - Incorporation 

This revised Constitution and By-laws shall become the Constitution 
and By-laws of the Corporation established under the (Constitution and 
by-laws replaced by this instrument. 



Article X - By-Laws 

The Conference shall adopt such By-laws as it shall deem appropriate 
and necessary for the operation of the conference. The By-laws shall pro- 
vide for the manner of amendment thereof . 



Article XI - Amendments 

1. Amendments to this constitution shall be proposed in writing by 
submitting the same to the Recording Secretary at the annual meeting 
preceding their consideration for adoption. The Board of Directors shall 
immediately after the annual meeting at which the amendments are pro- 
posed cause copies of the same to be mailed to each of the Conference 
members (churches, ministers, and individual lay members). A two-thirds 
favorable vote of the delegates duly elected, and of others entitled to vote 
(see Article V. paragraph 3 ) , shall meet the requirement for adoption. 

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2. The provisions of paragraph one (1) in this article shall apply 
to all articles of this Constitution, with the exception of Article III, i.e., 
the Statement of Faith not including- the appended notes, which state- 
ment may be amended only by unanimous vote of the entire number of 
delegates, ministers and laymen, present at any annual meeting and vot- 
ing on said amendment, following proper notice to amend, and publica- 
tion of the proposed amendment, as required in Paragraph one (1) of this 
article. 

BY-LAWS 
I. Board of Directors 

1. The property and business of the Conference shall be managed 
by the Board of Directors. 

2. The President of the Conference shall serv^e as Chairman of the 
Board of Directors, and shall preside at all meetings. 

3. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such 
time and places as shall be deteiTnined by the Board, but not less than 
once a year. 

4. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the 
Conference President on one month's notice to each Board member. Such 
meetings shall also be called by the Executive Secretary in like manner 
upon written request of any five members of the Board. A business quo- 
rum shall be any majority of the members of the Board. 

5. The Board of Directors shall keep written minutes of each meet- 
ing, which are to be made available to the Conference upon request. 

II. Officers 

1. The Board of Directors or the Executive Committee may appoint 
in addition to the officers provided for in the Constitution, such assistant 
secretaries, assistant treasurers and other subordinate officers and agents 
as may be deemed necessary. Such officers, when appointed, shall hold of- 
fice for the terms, exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to 
them by the said Board or Committee. Any officer or agent so appointed 
may be removed at any time by the action of the appointing body. 

2. The President shall be chief executive officer of the said Confer- 
ence. He may, with the consent of the Board of Directors, delegate to 
such other officers, authorities and powers as from time to time may be 
deemed appropriate and necessary to facilitate the operation of the Con- 
ference. 

3. The Vice-Presidents, in the order of their rank, shall, in the ab- 
sence of the President, perform the duties and functions of his office, and 
in addition thereto such other duties as the Board of Directors may from 
time to time prescribe. 

4. The Recording Secretary, or a temporary substitute, shall attend 
all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Conference, and cause to 
be recorded all the votes and the minut<}s of all proceedings in a book to 
be kept for that purpose. He shall i)erform all such other duties as may 
he prescribed by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. 

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5. The Executive Secretary shall conduct the official correspondence 
of the Conference and his office shall be located in a place suitable to him 
and to the work of the Conference. He shall give, or cause to be given 
notice of all meetings of the members and of the several committees of the 
Conference : and shall likewise perform such other duties as may be pre- 
scribed by the Board of Directors or by the Executive Committee, under 
whose supervision he shall be. He shall cause to be kept in safe custody 
the seal of the Conference and, when authorized by the Board of Direc- 
tors or the Executive Committee, shall affix the same to any instrument 
requiring it. When so affixed, it shall be attested by hisi signature, or by 
the signature of such other officers as shall be designated by the Board of 
Directors or the Executive Committee. The Executive Secretary shall keep 
an accurate roll of the names and addresses of the members of the Con- 
ference, which roll shall be the official record of the Conference for all its 
purposes. He shall also travel in the interests of the Conference so far as 
time and funds may permit. 

6. The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate funds and 
securities of the Conference, and shall cause the same to be kept in a safe 
deposit box as directed by the Board of Directors. He shall cause to be 
kept full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books 
belonging to the Conference, and shall deposit all monies and other val- 
uable effects in the name of and credit of the Conference, in repositories 
indicated by the Board of Directors. The treasurer's books shall be sub- 
mitted annually to a Conference approved auditor. 

7. The Historian shall act as a repository for materials of historical 
interest, maintain an historical account of the Conference from its incep- 
tion and promote an interest in the churches in the details of their own 
histories and anniversaries. 



III. Committees 

In addition to the Executive Committee indicated in Article VII, Sec- 
tion 2 of the Constitution, the following committees shall be provided: 

1. A Credentials and Placement Committee of five to be elected by 
the Board of Directors on a rotating basis for three year terms; whi<ih 
committee shall have the following duties : 

a. The committee shall review all applications for membership 
in the Conference. They shall either approve or disapprove the applica- 
tion, or refer it to the Board of Directors for review. In the event of ap- 
proval, the committee has power to grant membership subject to approval 
by the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

b. The committee shall take action with regard to requests for 
transferral or dismissal, such action being subject to approval by the next 
annual meeting of the Conference except where dismissal has been re- 
quested by the party in question. 

c. The committee shall have the power to renew ministerial 
licenses granted by the Conference upon application by the licensee, 
such renewal being subject to approval by the next Annual Meeting of 
the Conference. 

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d. The committee shall have the power to receive prospective 
ministerial candidates under Conference Care, such action being subject 
to approval by the next Annual Meeting- of the Conference. The com- 
mittee shall upon request make recommendations as to theological schools, 
and render such other counsel and assistance as necessary. 

e. The committee shall provide a suitable course of theological 
study for such otherwise acceptable aspirants to the ministry seeking 
ordination and Conference membership to whom a complete residence 
course of study would be impossible or impractical. 

f. The committee shall make recommendation to the Board of 
Directors regarding the endorsement of any ministerial member seeking 
to enter the military chaplaincy. 

g. The committee shall make an annual review of the minis- 
terial activities of those with full membership or license to detei-mine the 
current outreach of the Conference and the propriety of continued minis- 
terial status of the members. 

h. The committee shall make a careful investigation of those 
cases where discipline may be necessary as ordered by Article IV, Section 
3 of the Constitution. 

i. The committee shall render all assistance possible to Confer- 
ence ministers seeking pastorates and to churches seeking pastors, by 
making available proper information at hand to all who request it. 

2. A Program Committee of five consisting of the Conference Presi- 
dent, the host pastor, and three members to be elected by the Conference 
on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall prepare 
the details of the annual Conference meeting. 

3. A Nominating Committee of five, two to be appointed annually 
by the Board of Directors and three to be elected by the Conference on a 
rotating basis for three year ternis. This committee shall provide a slate 
of candidates for the various offices and committees. 

4. A Finance Committee of three to be elected by the Conference on 
a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall devise ways 
and means of providing for the financial needs of the Conference, and 
shall make such financial needs known to the constituency. The chair- 
man of this committee shall sei-ve as a financial secretary. 

5. A Missionary Committee of three to be elected by the Conference 
on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall encourage 
and stimulate missionary interest in the local churches by providing mis- 
sionary literature and missionary speakers. 

G. A Christian Education Committee of three to be elected by the 
Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall 
encourage the promotion of better Christian education in the churches, 
and an interest on the part of the churches in Christian education beyond 
the churches. 

7. A Publications Committee of three to be elected by the Confer- 
ence on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall pub- 
lish an annual year book, conference periodical, tracts and other neces- 
sary and desired literature. 

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8. A Church Extension and Evangelism Committee of three to be 
elected by Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This com- 
mittee shall make available to the Conference constituency information 
concerning potential areas for the organization of churches, and concern- 
ing needy churches to whom assistance and counsel would be helpful. The 
committee shall seek to interest non-member Congregational Christian 
churches in Conference membership; and shall encourage evangelism by 
every means, in the local churches, through example and counsel, through 
provision of appropriate literature, and through the suggesting of names 
of evangelists, to churches requesting them. 

9. A Constitution Study Committee of three to be elected by the 
Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall 
annually review the Constitution and By-laws, offer for consideration any 
appropriate revisions or amendments, and take the necessary procedural 
steps to bring them before the Conference. 

10. A Women's Activities Committee of three to be elected by the 
Conference on rotating basis for three year terais. This Committee shall 
seek to promote the growth and spiritual welfare of the women's fellow- 
ships of member and other churches through regular correspondence, the 
exchange of ideas, programs and projects, and the stimulation of interest 
on the part of women's fellowships in the ministry of this Conference. 

11. A Ministry Committee of three to be elected by the Conference 
on a rotating basis for three year terms. This committee shall make avail- 
able to the ministers of the Conference information regarding retirement 
and pension plans, and hospitalization. They shall plan for ministerial 
retreats and workshops. They shall contact the ministers of the Con- 
ference with a view to their personal growth. 

12. The Board of Directors shall appoint for each Annual Meeting 
the following committees of three each : Time and Place Committee, Reso- 
lutions Committee and such other committees as deemed necessary. The 
Board of Directors will appoint an Auditing Committee of three at the 
annual meeting previous to the annual meeting at which they are to serve. 
They are to see that the books of the Treasurer have a public audit an- 
nually. 

13. A pastor of a member church, who does not hold his standing in 
the CCCC, may serve on any committee, with the exception of the Creden- 
tials and Placement Committee, as long as he is pastor of a member 
church. If he ceases his relationship to the member church, he is auto- 
matically dropped from the committee membership, unless he is called to 
another member church. He may not be elected to the Board or a Con- 
ference office. 

14. Each committee shall prepare a written report of progress to be 
presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference, and at such other 
times as the Board of Directors shall request it. 



IV. Finance 

There is to be no per-capita, assessment or apportionment levied by 
this Conference upon the member churches or ministers. The churches 
and ministers are encouraged to assume voluntarily a share in the finan- 
cial responsibility of the Conference. 

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V. Conference Records 



All records of Conference business in the hands of Conference offi- 
cials are the property of the Conference, contents of which must be made 
available to authorized Conference Officials upon request, and which must 
be delivered to the Conference upon tennination of the service of officials. 



VI. Ministerial Standards and Qualifications 

1. Ministerial standing in this Conference shall require: 

a. A minimum academic attainment of a diploma from an ac- 
credited Bible Institute or the equivalent in formal education or Chris- 
tian service. However, this Conference considers a seminary training to 
be desirable. 

b. Acceptable ordination to the Christian ministry. 

c. Reception into the Conference membership in the manner pro- 
vided by the constitution. (Article V.) 

2. Good and regular standing of ministers shall indicate that they 
do hold Conference membership, are not under discipline and have no 
charges against them. 

3. An associate or fellowship relationship only may be granted to 
ministers having their credentials in a non-Congregational body, enti- 
tling them to all the privileges of the Conference, with the exception of 
holding office, committee membership and voting. 

4. Ordination to the ministry shall be by a local church, after exam- 
ination by a council called by said church. 

5. Ministerial license to preach, conferring authority of performing 
the regular functions of the parish ministry, including the solemnization 
of marriages, where legally permissible, shall in the absence of a local 
association of conservative Congregational Christian Churches: 

a. Be granted by the national Conference in annual convocation, 
or in cases of special need during the conference year, upon recommenda- 
tion of the Credentials and Placement Committee to the Conference Presi- 
dent. 

b. Be available only to lay members of the Conference, who shall 
revert to the status of laymen at the expiration of the license. 

c. Expire with the closing date of the ensuing annual meeting 
of the Conference; and be renewable at the discretion of the Credentials 
and Placement Committee upon application to its chairman thirty (30) 
days before expiration of the license. 

6. Ministerial membership cards, both for ministers in full stand- 
ing and for licensees, shall be issued annually as of the closing date of 
the Annual Meeting, over the signatures of the President and the Execu- 
tive Secretary of the Conference. A voluntary fee of $5.00 shall be sug- 
gested at each issuance, which will include the cost of the Conference 
periodical and Year Book. 

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7. Prospective ministerial candidates, upon acceptance by the Con- 
ference Credentials and Placement Committee, may be received under 
Conference Care for guidance in ministerial preparation. Under such 
care the enrollee may pursue the Conference Study Course. He shall have 
available to him recommendations as to Theological Schools, together with 
such other counsel and assistance as may properly be rendered. 

8. A candidate for ministerial membership will be expected to have 
a life which is bearing the fruit of the Spirit, and which is marked by 
deep spirituality and the best of ethical practices. The candidate will be 
disqualified by any habits or practices in his life, which do not glorify 
God in his body which belongs to God, or which might cause any brother 
in Christ to stumble. 



VII. Seal 

The seal of the Conference in use at the time of this Constitutional 
revision shall continue as the official seal of the Conference, and shall be 
used by having the same, or a facsimile thereof, impressed or affixed, or 
reproduced otherwise. 



VIII. Fiscal Year 

The fiscal year of the Conference shall be adjusted at the discretion 
of the Board of Directors to conform to the time of the annual meeting. 



IX. Amendments 

These By-laws may be altered or amended by the affirmative vote of 
two-thirds of the Conference members present and voting at any regular 
meeting of the same, provided that thirty days notice of intention to so 
amend the By-laws b^ given to all members of the Conference. The vari- 
ous amendments, revisions and additions to the By-laws which may be 
presented at the forthcoming regular meeting may be accepted or re- 
jected, individually or in part, if so voted: and the numbering or lettering 
of the resultant accepted text shall be adjusted as necessary. 



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Gjnnual Jneeilncf 

SEPTEMBER 25, 26, 27, 1963 

CALVARY CHURCH 
LIMA, OHIO